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Exam time: Young people sacrifice a lot to do well in their State exams. They merit good examiners. Photograph:  Peter Thursfield

The news that the State Examinations Commission is hiring people with no teaching qualifications to correct State exams should rightly anger pupils an(...)

The Leaving Cert drew to a close yesterday with five exams.

The 2018 Leaving Cert drew to a close yesterday with five exams including technology, Italian and Japanese in the morning and, in the afternoon, appli(...)

Noel Hogan is not correcting exams this year due to the ‘gruelling’ work and low pay. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Noel Hogan, a history and geography teacher, used to spend his summers correcting hundreds of State exam papers. But not this year. “It’s gruelling w(...)

Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman Thomas Byrne said the shortage of teachers was putting correcting standards for exams at risk. File photograph: PA

The State Examinations Commission is hiring individuals without any teaching qualifications to correct students’ Junior and Leaving Cert papers due to(...)

Students were asked about Baroque features, which they should know from studying Bach. Photo: iStock

There were some challenging moments on this year’s higher-level music paper, according to Dr Susan McCormick, a teacher at the Institute of Education.(...)

Donald Trump appeared in the first ever Leaving Cert politics exam. Photo: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

The first-ever Leaving Cert politics paper took on US President Donald Trump and his role in the rise of nationalism and division worldwide, but two m(...)

The Leaving Cert design and communication graphics paper was generally well-received by students.  Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A children’s novelty toy box was the only surprise question on an otherwise straightforward design and communication graphics (DCG) at higher level, t(...)

Virtual reality appeared in today’s Junior Cert technology exam. Photo: iStock

Augmented reality, virtual reality headsets and self-driving cars were among the topics on a “fresh and accessible” higher level Junior Cert technolog(...)

Music teachers said they were “very please” with the exam. Photo: iStock

Small and subtle changes on this year’s higher-level music paper allowed students to think clearly, while the stronger students were given the opportu(...)

Two questions on light in the physics exam caused surprise among some students. Photo: iStock

Teachers have highlighted the importance of students covering the entire physics course during their revision following a paper described as very fair(...)

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